It does not seem like that long ago that we were ears deep in Ripely Pine, the debut full-length from friend of OurStage Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. The artist otherwise known as Aly Spaltro joined up with us early on and was soon a favorite around the office, before being selected as the MTV Needle in the Haystack artist back in 2011. Ripely Pine was an impressive debut that firmly established the singer’s gravitas and seemingly endless potential as a songwriter. Today, Spaltro debuted “Billions of Eyes,” the first single from her new record, After, which is due in March 2014. Check out the official lyric video, made up of stills, home movies, and fan-submitted art. See below for the album artwork. (And be sure to check out our exclusive session with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper from a few years ago.)
UPDATE 2: McLagan’s official site has posted a statement: “It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan. Ian was a member of the ‘Small Faces’ and ‘Faces’ and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He died today, December 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Hushnick says, ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’ Ian’s bandmate in Small Faces and Faces, Kenney Jones said, ‘I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod also.’ Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many. Ian was scheduled to begin a North American tour today, opening for labelmate Nick Lowe.”
Details are scarce at the moment, but Ian McLagan, the great keyboardist for The Faces and Small Faces, frequent sideman with The Rolling Stones, and solo artist, has been hospitalized in his hometown of Austin TX with a reported head injury. He is said to be in critical condition.
McLagan currently leads the Bump Band, and has just come off the road. His website confirms the news of his hospitalization, saying he was admitted last night and asking fans to keep him in their thoughts and prayers. Ours are certainly with him.
Having recently been sidelined for Rolling Stones dates for medical reasons, Bobby Keys, longtime saxophone player with the Rolling Stones, has died. His death has been confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards (via Nashville Scene).
Keys is nothing short of a legend when it comes to rock and roll sidemen. He was a close friend of all the Stones, and especially Keith Richards. In addition to being a member of the touring band for decades, Bobby Keys played on most of their classic records, and his horn is an integral part of some of the Stones’ biggest hits.
RIP Bobby Keys.
One of the tough parts of having the blog under maintenance for a while was seeing a bunch of OurStage artists doing dope shit and releasing awesome music and not being able to share it here. While we missed the release of the official video for “Bipolar” from Jitta on the Track a couple of weeks ago, at least we’re back ahead of the album’s release date. Jitta, who not that long ago won our competition to open for Drake on the Club Paradise tour, will drop Bipolar on November 5th, and we’ll have artwork and the track list from him in the days ahead. Without further ado, check the video below.
Jitta On The Track don’t rest.
The CT rapper who won our challenge to earn himself an opening slot on Drake‘s Club Paradise Tour is just constantly creating. In recent days alone, we’ve got three new Jitta-related tracks to enjoy. In addition to guesting on Chris Webby‘s fantastic “Good Day” (from his upcoming mixtape The Checkup), Jitta just dropped two of his own, “Jesse Pinkman” and “UnAmerican” (with $-DUB) Check out all three below.
Few artists could call their song “Heart And Soul” and still have a hit on their hands. No, it’s not the dueling piano piece for beginners, nor the Huey Lewis deep cut, but rather an undeniably anthemic rocker from friends of OurStage Twin Atlantic. The Glasgow quartet’s recently released single is already at #10 on the UK charts. Get it here, and watch the band perform the song on Radio 1’s Big Weekend below.
One of our favorite OS discoveries from the last couple of years is Brittany Campbell. The Brooklyn-based multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist first caught our ears with her retro-flavored “Goody Goody.” Today, she’s dropped a new 10-track LP, titled Heroes. Yes, the original artwork suggests a sandwich theme, but as expected, Campbell’s lyrics are closer to Bowie’s take on the term than, say, Weird Al’s. Musically, the production is more modern pop and R&B, showcasing her considerable voice, and featuring some well-placed guest contributions. Enjoy it now via her Soundcloud:
When audience attention is one of the rarest commodities, artists have to be careful about what they release and when. Your double album might be impressive in theory, but you’re not going to find too many people telling you how much they liked track 22 after they clicked your Soundcloud link. You’ll be lucky if they like what they hear enough to make it to track three. Guitar-and-drums duo Yellabird has tackled this concern with a novel approach. Instead of releasing their newest EP Debts all at once, they are making the release of each track an independent event. This method serves bite-size portions to an audience who, in turn, are regularly reminded about the band and their new material. And the material speaks for itself, earning every bit of your attention. Today, the band posted “Dead Hand Blues,” which follows the EP’s first track, “Tired Eyes.” Yellabird will be in NYC and Boston over the next few months.
The late-’90s were kind of a dark time for pop-rock aficionados. In the time between faux-grunge and rap-rock, it was every man for himself. Luckily, our attention was grabbed by the fuzzed-out, off-kilter debut from Jonny Polonsky, who made the bulk of Hi My Name Is Jonny in his childhood bedroom. His demos found their way to Pixies frontman Frank Black, who pitched them to his then-label, Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings. The LP was not a smash, but those of us who heard it really loved it. Meeting someone else who got it is like finding a long-lost brother. “You know about this?! It’s fantastic, right?!”
Polonsky released an acclaimed second solo album in 2004, then went on to a diverse career as a supporting member of many high-profile acts, including Puscifer, Johnny Cash, Nightwatchman, Pete Yorn, Dixie Chicks, and more. He’s finally back to writing and recording his own stuff, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release a new record, titled The Other Side of Midnight. It promises to be less crunchy and more dreamy, inspired by David Lynch (it was recorded at Lynch’s Asymetrical Studio) and Depeche Mode. In addition, Polonsky is performing living room webcasts on Concert Window, starting TONIGHT. Do yourself a favor and check out both.
Here’s his Kickstarter video. It’s funny.